There is something pleasing about a trilogy; you get a beginning, a middle and an end. When taken together, this trio of Eau de Parfums by 4160 Tuesdays tells the story of a burgeoning relationship. As usual, indie perfumer Sarah McCartney has given these fragrances tempting and inventive names.
The Sexiest Scent on the Planet. Ever (IMHO)
Notes: Bergamot, Woods, Vanilla, Musk, Ambergris
As you would expect, this is the heart-pounding, lust-filled early days of a new affair. It may not be a multi-layered perfume but then The Sexiest Scent did start out life as a base for a bespoke fragrance event in 2013. It got a very positive reaction, with one participant declaring that it was “the sexiest scent ever!”. The name is most definitely tongue in cheek.
The Sexiest Scent opens with sugared lemons but thereafter is all about sheer, slightly sweet, slightly fuzzy, woods. It’s a skin scent so sillage is limited – it’s supposed to be an intimate experience. Of course, what people find sexy will vary and Iso E Super is not everyone’s friend but if soft, silky woods are your thing, it could do it for you.
Notes: Jasmine, Ylang-ylang, Sandalwood and Black Pepper
Sleep Knot is comforting and softly sexy with puffs of jasmine and the creaminess of ylang-ylang. The effect mirrors the dreamy feeling of connection experienced when the limbs of two lovers are entwined to create a “sleep knot”.
I struggle with jasmine perfumes and while it’s still rather sweet for me here, it does strike a nice balance in that It’s not super skanky or scrubbed clean. It lies somewhere near the centre of the indolic spectrum.
The notes seem to weave together in a knot-like fashion, with even the pepper’s added spice failing to disrupt the sense of satisfaction.
Originally created earlier this year for a hotel to spray on its pillows, Sleep Knot was refined for New York blogger Carlos Powell’s Peace, Love and Perfume Project.
Notes: Yuzu, Orange Blossom, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Musk, Black Pepper
Similar to Sleep Knot, Pillow Talk was created as a Valentine’s Day special for a London hotel. It also has a similar soft jasmine core to Sleep Knot but the beginning is more zingy thanks to the citrus of yuzu and the heart is made even more plush with orange blossom.
This is about the emotional intimacy stage of the romance. You lie face-to-face in bed making the kind of gooey eye contact that only comes with someone you’ve recently fallen for. Secrets are confided and hopes and dreams are shared. It’s my favourite of the three.
Do you have a favourite sexy or romantic scent?